By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2019 11 Comments
    Generic Drugs Hammered | Are AUTHORIZED Generics…

    This has been a very bad week for generic drug manufacturers and the FDA. Here are just a few of the stories that have made headlines. “A New Book Argues That Generic Drugs Are Poisoning Us” (New …

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2019 5 Comments
    How to Substitute Powdered Pectin in Arthritis R…

    Because arthritis is so common, people have invented dozens if not scores of home remedies. Scientists have not done studies on most of these approaches, but that won't stop people from trying them. O…

    By: Joe Graedon May 13, 2019 5 Comments
    What Took the FDA So Long to Warn About Z-Drug D…

    The Food and Drug Administration seems to take great pride in approving new drugs. Last year was “An All-Time Record, And A Watershed,” according to Forbes (Jan. 14, 2019).  The FDA shattered…

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2019 4 Comments
    Can Antibiotic Help Post-Colonoscopy Problems?

    Colonoscopies save lives. The procedure in which a gastroenterologist examines the lining of the colon for pre-cancerous growths called polyps allows for early detection of colon cancer. In addition, …

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2019 8 Comments
    Will Special SLS-Free Toothpaste Prevent Canker …

    Do you pay attention to the kind of toothpaste you use, beyond the flavor? The American Dental Association wants you to use a toothpaste with fluoride because it prevents cavities. Some readers take a…

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2019 0 Comments
    Are Pecans Good for Your Heart?

    Have you ever wondered whether your favorite food is good for your heart? If your favorite foods include ice cream and cookies, you don't have to wonder. The answer is a clear no. If you love oatmeal …

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2019 12 Comments
    Are People In Pain Committing Suicide For Lack o…

    Everyone knows we are in the middle of an opioid epidemic. Hardly a day goes by without a headline or a TV news story about a tragic overdose death. There is no question that far too many people have …

    By: Joe Graedon May 9, 2019 3 Comments
    Popular Sleeping Pills Get FDA’s Black Box War…

    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a black box warning for the most popular sleeping pills on the market. This is the heaviest tool in the FDA’s toolkit, short of banning a medicine outrigh…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2019 1 Comments
    Show 1164: Will We Win the Race Against Emerging…

    Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, after observing horrific lethal infections on the battlefields of the first World War. It was the first antibiotic to defeat a wide range of terrif…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2019 0 Comments
    For Blocked Arteries, Is Surgery More Effective …

    Coronary artery bypass grafting, known as CABG for short, is more effective than stents in some cases. Scientists reached this somewhat surprising conclusion by studying the records of over 1,600 hear…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2019 0 Comments
    Can Restricting Eating Time Help Control Blood S…

    People at risk of developing type 2 diabetes may be able to reverse this process by limiting food intake to a nine-hour period every day. Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia conduct…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2019 1 Comments
    Trouble with Tinnitus Raises Risk of Suicide

    Tinnitus (pronounced either TIN-ittis or tin-EYE-tuss)  is a condition in which the victim hears sounds that others cannot perceive. Sufferers describe these noises as chirping, humming, hissing,…

    By: Terry Graedon May 9, 2019 1 Comments
    Drug-Resistant Infections Will Kill Millions

    Experts for the United Nations have just issued an alarming analysis about drug-resistant infections. In 2019, 230,000 people will die from multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Almost half a million mor…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2019 37 Comments
    Do Statins Cause Nerve Pain (Neuropathy)?

    Statin enthusiasts have a hard time accepting that statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs have side effects. There is even one clinical trial analysis from the UK that concluded “At the doses tested…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 11 Comments
    Milk of Magnesia for Odd Underarm Odor

    Have you ever heard of using the laxative Milk of Magnesia (MoM) as a topical application for the armpits? Many readers have tried it and told us that they have found this an innovative way to manage …

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 5 Comments
    Prostate Drug Dutasteride Shrinks Prostate and P…

    Dutasterice (Avodart) has a powerful effect on the prostate gland. The history of this medication and its chemical cousin finasteride (Proscar) is a medical mystery. It all started in the Dominican Re…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 11 Comments
    Should You Really Stop Taking Your Supplements?

    Vitamin and mineral pills are still controversial, despite years of study. Many doctors have decided that you should get all your nutrients from your food. No doubt you could, if you followed a though…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 16 Comments
    Will Saline Irrigation Ease Sinus Congestion?

    Sinus congestion can make you miserable. You may have trouble breathing well and you might suffer from headaches. Medications don't always help much. One reader found a simple way to ease sinus conges…

    By: Joe Graedon May 6, 2019 6 Comments
    Goldilocks Got It Right: Don’t Overmedicate!

    Doctors should pay more attention to the moral of the Goldilocks story: Not Too Much, Not Too Little--Just Right! To refresh your memory, Goldilocks snuck into a house in the forest. She found it to b…

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 9 Comments
    Must You Grind Flaxseed to Get Its Nutritional B…

    The humble flaxseed is now being hailed as a superfood because it is a great source of fiber, healthful omega-3 fats and lignans. The fiber content is helpful against constipation. A systematic review…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2019 9 Comments
    Bee Sting Therapy (Apitherapy) for Arthritis Pai…

    Most people have never heard of bee sting therapy. The idea that someone would voluntarily seek to be stung seems implausible. And yet apitherapy has a venerable history. We were fortunate enough to i…

    By: Terry Graedon April 29, 2019 3 Comments
    Should You Sip Pineapple Juice for Hiccups?

    Almost everyone gets hiccups sometimes. These small spasms of the diaphragm and larynx can be annoying, but they are rarely serious. Consequently, people have made up lots of home remedies to try to s…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2019 17 Comments
    Can Your Medicine Cause Confusion or Memory Loss…

    Have you experienced trouble finding the right word? What about forgetting someone’s name you should know? How about having a hard time finding your car at the supermarket or airport? Most of the ti…

    By: Joe Graedon April 29, 2019 7 Comments
    Will Ketamine Really Battle Life-Long Depression…

    People with depression have a really tough time. Not only does the condition suck all of the joy out of life, the medications used to treat it have some potentially serious side effects. Moreover, ant…

    By: Terry Graedon April 29, 2019 4 Comments
    What Medicines Stop a Cluster Headache Emergency…

    Cluster headaches are called that because they occur in "clusters" of repeated, excruciating headaches. They are often one-sided and may center behind one eye. The eye may tear and the nose may run. S…

    By: Terry Graedon April 29, 2019 6 Comments
    Will Acupuncture Calm Your Restless Legs?

    A friend noticed that when he rose early with his dogs, before 6 am, his neighbor's light was invariably on. He inquired why and learned that the neighbor suffers from restless legs syndrome, which wa…

    By: Terry Graedon April 28, 2019 3 Comments
    Do Nasal Vents Help Nighttime Congestion?

    During allergy season, many people are troubled with nighttime congestion. A stuffy nose can make it hard to breathe, and that in turn disrupts sleep. If a person chooses a decongestant nasal spray to…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2019 23 Comments
    Eat Breakfast – Live Longer! Skip Breakfast &#…

    No doubt you have heard the expression, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” This saying has been attributed to the famous nutritionist and food writer, Adell…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2019 19 Comments
    Show 1162: How to Treat Common Thyroid Problems

    The thyroid gland on your neck is not very big, but it is super important. It secretes hormones that control the activity of every cell in your body. Consequently, the thyroid regulates your metabolis…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2019 6 Comments
    Can a Mediterranean Diet Help You Control Your W…

    A Mediterranean-type diet has lots of vegetables, fish rather than meat and olive oil instead of butter. Such a regimen has been shown to protect the heart. Could a Mediterranean diet also help you co…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2019 5 Comments
    How Can You Overcome the Harms of Sitting Too Mu…

    How many hours a day do you sit? Be honest, please. If you work in front of a computer, we’ll bet you spend more than eight hours a day sitting. And that doesn’t count time sitting in your car, si…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2019 3 Comments
    Will a Diet of Mostly Plants Help Your Kidneys?

    Chronic kidney disease has been increasing in the United States and now affects 14 percent of adults. This might be explained by the widespread use of medications such as NSAIDs or PPIs that can cause…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2019 4 Comments
    If Leaky Gut Syndrome Exists, How Can You Test f…

    Several years ago, we were at a small conference attended by some very thoughtful physicians. The overall theme of the discussions focused on the concept of empowered patients. These doctors were tota…

    By: Terry Graedon April 25, 2019 1 Comments
    Acupuncture Relieves Symptoms of Menopausal Wome…

    Menopausal women each have their own experiences of this challenging time. However, most women do not enjoy the hot flashes and night sweats. What can they do to minimize the disruption? Some women ta…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2019 10 Comments
    Will Munching Cabbage Help Lower Ferritin?

    Hemochromatosis is an inherited condition in which iron builds up in the body. It affects more than one million Americans as well as countless other people around the world. When too much iron is stor…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 6 Comments
    Why Would Anyone Want to Raise Cholesterol Level…

    Can your cholesterol go too low? That is a question that we have been asked on many occasions. It seems ludicrous. It's a bit like asking if you could be too rich or too thin? The truth is that you co…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 20 Comments
    Why Is This Pharmacist Complaining About Levothy…

    Let’s get one thing straight. We are mad as hell about drug shortages. There is no question that important medicines have been in short supply for years and the FDA has done very little to help corr…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 6 Comments
    Falling Asleep with Zolpidem | Waking up with He…

    What do you do when you are caught on the horns of a dilemma? We describe such situations a couple of ways: “Between the devil and the deep blue sea” is one. A similar saying goes: “between a ro…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2019 9 Comments
    Do Drug-Resistant Germs Hide Out in Hospitals?

    In the 19th century, nobody wanted to go to the hospital. Before antibiotics were discovered, people considered these institutions as the very last resort. The wards were unfriendly and frequently con…

    By: Terry Graedon April 22, 2019 13 Comments
    Can Natural Remedies Help Calm Eczema?

    Eczema, also termed "atopic dermatitis," is a common skin condition that frequently makes people miserable. It's considered an inflammatory condition and is more common among people with allergies. Co…